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Mar 3, 2007 04:17 PM

Searching for sumac and senjed in Oakland/Berkeley?

I'm decorating for Persian New Year and I need some sumac and senjed (the dried fruit of the oleaster tree) ?

I tried Zand on Solano, but they won't have senjed (they do have sumac) until next Thursday? Where can I get some a little sooner, ideally in the Rockridge/Temescal/Elmwood neighborhoods?

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  1. There's a new place on Solano - Saffron Gourmet. You might give them a call.
    Saffron Gourmet
    1007 Solano Ave
    Albany, Ca 94706

    They are closed Monday and open all other days of the week.

    1. You can find them at 99 Ranch or any good Chinese grocer. They call them dried red dates or jujubes.

      1. I stopped by Saffron Gourmet today and they have both. They are closed tommorrow and they close at 5 today ... so too late unless you live next door.

        Gosh, this is a wonderful store. Will report about the deilciousness there soon. Really a good addition to the neighborhood ... never mind the neigborhood ... nice addtition to the East Bay period.

        1. Yeah, I went there late this morning. I spoke some Farsi with the owner and he ended up giving me some free Persian tea. I bought sumac, senjed and some homemade torshi (Persian salsa/chutney). I'll report on the torshi later.

          Thanks again for the find!

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          1. re: cfarivar

            Great. Here's a link to a report on my visits this weekend ... I really wanted those poached pears, but they were sold out.

            What little I tried seemed very tasty, but I don't have lots of experience with Persian food.